World-Leading Daughters and Dads Program Returns to Orange

Central West girls and their dads have the opportunity to participate in a world-leading program that aims to give them the skills and confidence to play sport.

The award-winning Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered program, delivered by the University of Newcastle in partnership with the NSW Government and Orange City Council, targets fathers as the agents of change to improve girls’ sports skills and wellbeing.

Acting Minister for Sport Geoff Lee urged local fathers and daughters to register in the program which is being rolled out State-wide as part of the NSW Government’s women in sport strategy, Her Sport Her Way.

“Through educational and practical sessions, this fantastic program targets fathers as the agents of change by participating in fun activities that help improve their daughter’s sport skills, confidence, self-esteem and resilience,” Mr Lee said.

“The inaugural program held in 2019 was major success and we look forward to more local families experiencing the benefits of the program.”

NSW Upper House MP Sam Farraway said the Orange Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered program was a great opportunity for girls throughout the region.

“Participating in sport offers many benefits beyond the playing field,” Mr Farraway said. “The Orange Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered program provides an opportunity for local girls to develop a life-long love for sport and everything it offers.”

To ensure all families can access the program, the free Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered Program, will be delivered at Orange Youth Hub commencing on Tuesday evenings from 9 February.

The program will consist of eight sessions over eight weeks throughout Term 1, featuring educational and practical sessions involving rough and tumble play, sport, and fundamental movement skills.

Orange Mayor Reg Kidd lauded the program as a great initiative and gave it his full support.

“It’s great programs such as these are being brought out to regional areas to benefit country communities. It is important for local fathers and daughters to be given the opportunity to have these experiences together,” he said.

To register for the Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered program visit: www.sport.nsw.gov.au/daughtersanddads

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